ORJAN JOHANNESSEN

Photo credit : Eirik Nilssen

Portrait

Ørjan presented his country with another medal in 2015. That victory at the Bocuse d’Or had nothing to do with luck: it was the outcome of sheer persistence. Since 2007, Ørjan has been working, training, and competing alongside the man Norwegian chefs view as the best coach of all: Odd Ivar Solvold. From 2008, he took part in all the national and European selections (with Geir Skeie, to name but one), which led him to the final in Lyon. A fifth place in 2013 revived his Viking determination, and he would return in 2015 to win! He once counted the number of hours devoted to the Bocuse d’Or. The answer: more than two thousand. He also cites the pleasant atmosphere created around him, support from his family, the team and his commis chef as his motivations.
After reaching the top step of the podium, Ørjan’s goal was to get back down to earth, rest and spend some time with family, including his fiancée Cecilie, who is a wine waiter. The two of them headed back to the hotel that his parents have managed for 32 years in Austevoll, south of Bergen: Bjekkjarvik Gjestgiveri. His twin brother, Arnt, has been the kitchen chef there for some time now and Ørjan is delighted to be going back to work for him, under his command. Another fine story of a family and a tightly-knit team.
When he isn’t working, like any Norwegian, Ørjan loves to play sports, particularly cycling and golf. And he is also preparing a book with Odd Ivar Solvoldhe that describes their impressive path in the competition world.

Chef’s recipe

Slightly smoky Kalix cream puffs

Ingredients (4 serves)

Puff pastry

Ingrédients Quantités
Flour 470 g
Liquid black food colouring or squid ink 25 g
Water 190 g
Fresh yeast 13 g
Salt 4 g
Sugar 4 g
Melted salted butter 55 g

Kalix cream

Ingrédients Quantités
Kalix whitefish eggs 100 g
Fresh cream 300 g
Salt
Grated horseradish 2 tablespoons
Smoking wood 3 tablespoons
Dill
Ground fennel seeds 1 teaspoon



ORJAN JOHANNESSEN recette

Photo credit : Tom Haga




Puff pastry

Put the flour, salt and sugar in a Thermomix®. Warm the water, the colouring and fresh yeast to 40°C. Put this liquid in the blender. Blend at high speed and add the warm melted butter. Wrap in a plastic film and leave to rest for 20 min. Roll out using a pasta machine, level 0 to level 1. Fold once. Roll out to level 3 and fold twice. Roll out to level 6 then make 5 cm diameter circles. Place on a perforated sheet and bake in the oven at 190°C for 7 minutes with ventilation at half-power.

Kalix cream

Smoke the Kalix whitefish eggs for 10 min using a smoking pipe or in the oven. Whisk the fresh cream with salt and horseradish. Stir in the eggs and pour into a piping bag.

Presentation

Fill the puff pastries with the cream and decorate with dill, fresh Kalix and ground fennel.


Where is this restaurant

Address: Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri, Postboks 33 -N-5399 BEKKJARVIK – Norway
www.bekkjarvikgjestgiveri.no

Last update: 19 December 2016